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How much control does a parent have after a divorce in Minnesota?

Recently, Minnesota parents may have been abuzz with lively debates over the pros and cons of various parenting tactics in light of Vikings star Adrian Peterson's legal troubles related to whipping his son. This issue happens to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Attachment Parenting International, a group that actually supports certain levels of corporal punishment for children.

Aside from the punishment issues, local parents debate countless other issues, such as the extent of breast feeding, educational choices and how much time a kid should spend in front of a video screen. Given the myriad of choice that a parent can make, many wonder what type of authority they will have over such things after a divorce. The answer lies in the child custody and parenting agreement worked out between the parents and the court.

When a couple splits, divvying up assets is only half the battle. The couple must also work out how the kids will be taken care of. Securing parenting time or visitation rights with your kids, however, does not mean you will be able to decide what school they go to or other matters which may be important to your own parenting philosophies.

To assert that type of control, a parent must have legal custody or joint custody over their child. Alternatively, the couple may enter into agreement on certain aspects of their child's future. These agreements, however, can be difficult to formulate in an effective manner.

As a result, parents who are splitting up may want to get more information about this complicated family law issues. Doing so can help parents in Minnesota get through the divorce process with a level of authority over their children's futures.

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